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Inflatable 'Big Zach' Found in UGA Fraternity's Backyard

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- The Zaxby's inflatable chicken that was stolen has been returned and the restaurant chain says it won't press charges against two fraternity brothers accused of taking it.

University of Georgia police Chief Jimmy Williamson tells the Athens Banner-Herald that the two Beta Theta Pi members will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.

"Big Zach," as the chicken was known, was taken from in front of a UGA building on Oct. 5.

Police say the fraternity brothers had hidden the chicken under the porch of their fraternity house until Friday when they inflated it and spray painted "Pledge Party" on its chest.

A passer-by spotted the chicken in the fraternity's backyard Saturday and alerted police.

Dunwoody New Hall of Fame Home?

DUNWOODY, GA -- "This is five acres right here in the middle of perimeter center," Dunwoody City Councilman Danny Ross said, gesturing to the expanse of land behind the parking lot next to the Spruill Center for the Arts farmhouse.

Ross is one of the city leaders working to bring the Georgia Music Hall of Fame to Dunwoody.

"We have a rich history of music in the state of Georgia and it needs to be presented to the greatest audience that we can provide," he said.

Currently located in Macon, the Hall of Fame has struggled financially for years, drawing just 23,000 visitors last year and taking half a million dollars in bailout money from the city of Macon. Dunwoody is vying with Woodstock, Athens, Albany, and Macon for the Hall of Fame.

But Ross says Dunwoody has something the other cities don't.

"We have 5.5 million people living within a 30 minute drive of where we stand now," he said.

Game of the Week Nominees: Playoffs Rd. Three

ALPHARETTA, GA -- Round Three of the Georgia high school football playoffs kick off this Friday and there are some great matchups, including 11Alive and Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Game of the Week between Dutchtown and Chattahoochee.

The 11-1 Bulldogs travel to play undefeated Chattahoochee. On paper, this matchup will be a battle of top-notch offense and top-notch defense.

Dutchtown's defense has not allowed a point this postseason and has notched five shutouts throughout the year. They have yet to give up more than 14 points per game. Comparatively, Chattahoochee has not scored less than 31 points in a game this season.

On offense, Dutchtown has yet to score a touchdown in either of their first two playoff games; all 18 of their points have come off of the foot of kicker Ryan Kay. Last week, Dutchtown beat Glynn Academy 3-0.

Lighthouse Retreats Aid Cancer Families

Atlanta- - It is a remarkable idea that helped more than 700 families families deal with childhood cancer.

The Lighthouse Family Retreat founded in 1999 serves children with cancer and their families at Seaside and other beaches along 30-A.

Lighthouse has a simple directive helping kids and their parents to laugh, restore family relationships and find hope in spirituality.

The 2010 Patron's of Hope Dinner was held inside the Doubletree Buckhead-Atlanta Hotel.

Entertainer Jeff Foxworthy was among those in attendance.

The event also recognized the efforts of Atlanta businessman Charles Renfroe who has been a driving force behind the organization.

Each retreat is comprised of approximately 12 retreat families and 30 volunteers who serve the families by cooking, cleaning and taking care of daily responsibilities so that the retreat families can focus on having fun together. 

Game of the Week Nominees: Playoffs Round Two

DRUID HILLS, GA -- The online voting came down to the wire, but Hiram at Tucker won the right to be 11Alive and Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Game of the Week, beating out Flowery Branch-Kell by a 1.1 percent margin.

Class 4A was well-represented in this week's voting. Three of the four nominated games were 4A contests. Hiram at Tucker received 50 percent of the vote and 11Alive will broadcast live from Adams Stadium for Friday's 6 p.m. news.

Hiram is coming off of a 35-10 win over Lambert in Round One. The Hornets are 9-2, having lost to 11-0 Kell and 9-2 East Paulding. They play an undefeated Tucker team that has been dominating opponents since their 31-24 double-overtime win over Marist on September 3rd. The Tigers most recently beat Loganville 50-6 in Round One.

Both teams lost in the second round of last year's playoffs.

Looking at Thanksgiving Day Climatology

ATLANTA -- The Fall season is known for wild temperature fluctuations from frosty nights to warm Autumn afternoons.  Thanksgiving Day, too, is no exception as weather conditions can run the full gamut across Georgia.

On the average, maximum temperatures will vary from the mid 50s to around 70 degrees for most of northern and central Georgia on November 25th, while average low temperatures will range from near 30 to the low 40's.

Looking back since weather records were kept in the late 1800's, 1950 was a record-breaking year as frigid air poured across the state leaving Atlanta with a record low of 3 degrees --the coldest ever for November 25.  Other cities like Athens and Macon also felt like an icebox with low temperatures of 7 and 10 degrees respectively.

UGA's Aaron Murray Listed as Day to Day

ATHENS, GA -- Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is listed as day to day after suffering a bruised knee and a bruised sternum in Saturday's 49-31 loss at No. 2 Auburn.

That's according to Georgia director of sports medicine Ron Courson's update on Murray's injuries on Monday.

Murray had to be helped from the field and did not return after Auburn's Nick Fairley's helmet hit the quarterback's knee late in the Tigers' 49-31 win on Saturday.

Fairley was penalized for a late hit on Murray earlier in the game.

The play that knocked Murray out of the game preceded skirmishes that resulted in the ejections of Auburn's Mike Blanc and Michael Goggans, who threw punches.

Georgia is off this week before playing Georgia Tech on Nov. 27.